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How to Customize the Windows 7 Shut Down Button

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One of the things that annoyed me the most when I first used Windows 7 and Vista was the exclusion of the Shut Down button as the default action in the Start menu.

Luckily Microsoft listened to feedback from users and added the option for users to customize the default action available when the Start Menu is opened.

The guide below will walk you through the simple process of finding this option so that you may customize it to your liking. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post them below.

Software/Hardware used: Windows 7 Ultimate.

how to customize windows 7 start menu How to Customize the Windows 7 Shut Down Button

1. Right-click on the task bar and select Properties from the menu.

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2. Click on the Start Menu tab and click on the Power button action: drop-down, select the default button action you wish to set. Click OK when you are done.


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3. Your default option should now be visible whenever you open the Start menu.

Note: I chose Log off as my default option.

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Originally posted Jun 01, 2009

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  • Saumilparmar

    Thanks for this information…..

  • Farfacies

    Here is a tool to help you auto shutdown, restart Windows 7.

    Windows 7 Shutdown Assistant

    Help You schedule shut down windows 7, Write Notes and Run file, Program

  • Seth Mootchnik

    I am sure its doable – just have not seen how.
    The only other option is a widget/gadget – which I don’t want /use.

    so, please keep this in the back of your mind.

    Thx

  • Seth Mootchnik

    I am sure its doable – just have not seen how.
    The only other option is a widget/gadget – which I don’t want /use.

    so, please keep this in the back of your mind.

    Thx

  • Seth Mootchnik

    I use Shut down – but how about a way to remove Switch User, Log off, & Lock.
    I only need Sleep & Restart (and of course Shutdown itself).

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      @Seth Mootchnik – I’m sure that is doable…sounds like a hack to me…maybe someone else knows how to do it. If I find something I’ll make sure to post it here. If you happen to find something let me know. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Seth Mootchnik

    I use Shut down – but how about a way to remove Switch User, Log off, & Lock.
    I only need Sleep & Restart (and of course Shutdown itself).

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      @Seth Mootchnik – I’m sure that is doable…sounds like a hack to me…maybe someone else knows how to do it. If I find something I’ll make sure to post it here. If you happen to find something let me know. Thanks for the suggestion.

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